Works Ballet Fancy Free (1944)

Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins first collaborated in the mid-1940s on the instantly popular ballet Fancy Free, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre. First performed on April 18, 1944, this work, a piece about three sailors on shore-leave in New York City, served as inspiration for their next endeavor, the smash hit Broadway musical On The Town, which was a critical success and launched a long-lasting creative partnership between Bernstein and Robbins.

*Music By Leonard Bernstein. ©1950, renewed
Ruth Mense, piano
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
℗1979 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg. 423 583-2


Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre

(1944) 27 min
World Premiere:
April 18, 1944. Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY, United States | Ballet Theatre Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Version Notes
*Only the original choreography by Jerome Robbins is permitted for performance.


Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
(1944) 7 min
for orchestra

  • Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-
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